Tied With Love…World Wise Beauty’s Top “Ideal Finds” for Christmas!

Dec 20, 2013 by


May no gift be too small to give-nor to simple to receive, that is wrapped with thoughtfulness and tied with love…







Season Greetings from World Wise Beauty! 

Don’t sweat your last minute holiday shopping because I have you covered here at World Wise Beauty. Fortunately I have spent the last year talking to founders of FABULOUS companies who make products that will absolutely delight your giftee. From aromatherapy to natural skincare, you are sure to find a beautiful Christmas gift for someone special.

Visit the “Ideal Finds” department all year round to be inspired and thrilled with the best of beauty, health and wellness companies who infuse “ideals and values”  into everything they produce for you.  You can also follow “Ideal Finds” on  www.facebook.com/WorldWiseBeauty

So with no further ado,  here is a review of WWB’s Ideal Finds for 2013, complete with quick links to the websites to get your last minute unique Christmas gift! Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Truly Herself,  Lauroly


Dec 9, 2013 by 

WWB Ideal Find:  Buddha Board

Founder & CEO: Eric Thrall

Authentic Dedication: Buddha Board Inc. is based in beautiful Vancouver BC, Canada. Since 2001, the Buddha Board product line has been artfully designed with form, function, and ‘soul’ in mind. Borrowing from the Zen concept of living-in-the-moment, we believe in the importance of doodling, creating, and having fun. Enjoy!


Oct 9, 2013 by 

WWB Ideal Find: Pangea Organics ( Beauty & Personal Care Products)

Founder & CEO: Joshua Onysko

Authentic Dedication: Pangea Organics is dedicated to creating a more, new sustainable future one bottle, jar and bar at a time. “What’s good for you is good for everybody.” Conscious business practice includes everything from fair trade sourcing and organic farming to living wages and the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable resources.


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Inis Energy of the Sea Perfume

WWB Ideal Find: Inis Perfume/Fragrances of Ireland

Inis/Fragrances of Ireland Founder:  David Cox

Authentic Dedication:   To inspire and uplift and make people happy through their senses. To promote an understanding that we are all connected and we should all strive to make a better world.  Since 2001, Inis the Energy of the Sea and Fragrances of Ireland is honored to be a core funder of the Irish Whale & Dophin Group dedicated to the the protection, conservation and better understanding of whales and dolphins in Irish waters and around the world.


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WWB Ideal Find: Golden Earth–Perfumes from Nature

Golden Earth Founder: Elizabeth Golden

Authentic Dedication:  Golden Earth is dedicated to supporting the wellness of the earth and all of her inhabitants and keeping the planet healthy and clean. In addition, Golden Earth is a member of the Green Products Alliance, a supporter of Green America, a member of the Organic Trade Association, a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, as well as, a PETA approved cruelty free and Vegan Company.


Apr 1, 2013 by 


WWB Ideal Find: Innersense  Organic Beauty (haircare)

Authentic Dedication: Ingredient transparency and consumer education. Innersense Organic Beauty is proud to be a Certified Green Company and Compact Signor of both Safe Cosmetics & Truth in Labeling Acts, Member of the Organic Trade Association and CCIC Certified Committed to social and environmental sustainability.

Founders: Greg and Joanne Starkman (Greg present)


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Welcome to “Ideal Finds” at World Wise Beauty where beauty, health & wellness connoisseurs can learn about products and brands that are authentic and true to the ideals they are inspired by.  Sometimes we label people by their professions such as business man/woman, or entrepreneur.  Other broader labels we throw around are words like “capitalist” and “socialist”. We sometimes forget we are human beings first and often driven by ourcultural and social values.  I hope at “Ideal Finds” you discover social values and capitalism can both be celebrated. There are many hard-working entrepreneurs out there infusing social ideals into their business concepts and attempting to make our world a better place.  Perfect introduction to our featured Ideal Find “SpaRitual”.  ~Truly Herself, Lauroly

Ideal Find: SpaRitual

Founder: Shel Pink

Authentic Dedication:  Dedicated to true Spa Tradition and committed to creating eco-friendly products
(nail lacquer, body care, lip gloss) and packaging designed for the enlightened consumer.


Mar 8, 2013 by 

Welcome to “Ideal Finds” at World Wise Beauty. It’s hard to identify authenticity in a world of “image” and “spin”. Authenticity means your actions are consistent with what you believe and what you say. At “Ideal Finds” I  help you get to know companies who are authentic and true to the ideals they are inspired by.  Join me in discovering a a cornucopia of beauty, health & wellness products and experiences but remember to always be your own guru when it comes to selecting.  There is nothing better than being comfortable in your own skin!




Ideal Find: JUARA

Founders: Yoshiko Roth, Metta Murdaya, Jill Sung, Tami Chuang/Metta is here for Q&A

Authentic Dedication:  Juara is inspired by beauty secrets from Bali, combining rituals of Indonesian royalty and modern science. Certified cruelty free by PETA and also safe by safecosmetics.org


Mar 4, 2013 by 


Welcome to the second installment of “Ideal Finds” where you will get to know beauty, health & wellness brands intimately that are authentic and true to the cultural ideals they are inspired by.  Here you will get to know brands that have what I call “the feel good factor”.  You feel good about purchasing them and you feel good using them! Hope you find simpatico with all our “Ideal Finds”.  I know our find this week is a sure way to match up with brands that will speak to your ideal values.  Introducing…

Ideal Find: Yuzen  Sample Box

Founders: Ted Ning and Jen Vaughan/Ted is with us for this Q&A

Authentic Dedication: The Yuzen concept is inspired by traditional Japanese patterns currently used today for intricate handmade Japanese paper. The actual Yuzen sample box is dedicated to presenting high quality natural and organic personal care products, healthy snacks and lifestyle items.


Feb 25, 2013 by 

Erbe Veccia Farmicia in Italy/1600′s

Welcome to the first installment of “Ideal Finds”.  One way to be “comfortable in your own skin” is to align your consuming habits with your inner personal values.  As a conscious lifestyle consumer you want to know whether the brand authentically reflects the values you care about deeply.  It’s hard to identify authenticity in a commercial world of “image” and “spin”.  At “Ideal Finds” I’ll  help you get to know brands intimately who are authentic and true to the cultural ideals they areinspired by.  Hope you find “simpatico” with each of our featured companies but as I always say…follow your own inner GPS and be your own guru.

IDEAL FIND:  Erbe founded in 1988  (photo above Erbe Veccia Farmacia, Italy in the 1600′s)

FOUNDER Carmen Miraglia

AUTHENTIC DEDICATIONItalian Beauty Culture rooted in 16th and 17th century Aroma-Phytotherapy practice.

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WWB Holiday “Ideal Find”: Techie and Spiritual? Give the Gift of “Just Because” with the “Buddha Board”

Dec 9, 2013 by

WWB Ideal Find:  Buddha Board

Founder & CEO: Eric Thrall

Authentic Dedication: Buddha Board is dedicated to the Zen concept of living-in-the-moment, we believe in the importance of doodling, creating, and having fun. Enjoy! You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care.  




Lauroly Q- Welcome Eric. I am so happy to share your products with World Wise Beauty readers. To me it is the perfect gift for those who embrace wellness culture and healthy living. Plus it is also environmentally friendly. Tell us more how you came up with the concept of the Buddha Board. It does remind me of the Etch a Sketch I had as a kid. How is it different?


Eric Thrall, Founder and CEO of Buddha Board

Eric Thrall: I have my wonderful mother to thank for the creation of Buddha Board, she introduced me to the technology of it all. It was after that where I had my ah-ha moment and began the creation of the actual Buddha Board product/design. It’s funny that you mention etch-a-sketch because when people ask me what a Buddha Board is, I often reply by saying that it’s kind of like etch-a-sketch for adults. They are both similar in that they tap into ones creative side, and while I don’t know if the creator of etch-a-sketch also intended it to be a way to ‘live in the moment’ as Buddha Board was intended, they certainly both share elements of “letting go”.

 Lauroly Q- Thank goodness for wonderful Moms! What is the Zen concept? Explain how you liken the Buddha Board experience with the practice of Zen. Here is a little overview of ZEN for those unfamiliar with the practice.


Buddha Board

Eric Thrall: I don’t know if there is a ‘technical’ definition for the zen concept of living in the moment, I just understand it on a very simple and intuitive level. By painting on the Buddha board surface with water, there is an immediate organic feel to the experience that one doesn’t often find in the digital world. As your creation comes to life you will hopefully appreciate it in that moment as it is a constantly changing experience; that is one of the design intentions of Buddha Board. Then as the water evaporates and your artwork slowly disappears, it also gently teaches one to ‘let go’. There’s also a certain ‘meditative’ feeling that you sometimes get when playing with a Buddha Board.

Lauroly Q: It is hard in our western society to do something “just because”. Being “productive” is so hard-wired into our cultural mindset. Buddha Board sounds like great therapy for all of us! Has your product made it into school environments? How do children respond to the Buddha Board?  


Original Buddha Board


Eric Thrall: Yes, Buddha Board is used in school environments. I think the appeal is partly economic in that schools save on paper and supplies like paint and ink, as well as it being an environmentally friendly product in that you don’t use paper or chemicals to create with (yet I am a big fan of painting so I don’t mean to suggest that it is a negative to use water colors etc). Children respond to Buddha Board in such a positive way, and even though I initially designed it for an older audience, I love the fact that kids enjoys playing on it. Of course children don’t need to worry about living in the moment as they are all about that, yet i think the ‘letting go’ aspect of it is an interesting and positive dynamic that often occurs. Mostly though I think kids just love to create on the Buddha Board and use their amazing imaginations with it.


Lauroly Closing: Thank you Eric for joining me here at World Wise Beauty.  Buddha Board is definitely a true “Ideal Find” and perfect for the holidays. I hope you continue to create amazing products that will encourage creativity and relaxation! Living in our fast paced and stressful world we could all use a little more “just because” zen in our lives. Click here to learn more about the complete line of Buddha Board products. You can also find Buddha Board at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

My personal fav is the affordable Mini Buddha Board–perfect for holiday travel while waiting for planes, trains and automobiles! lol

Truly Herself,






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Lessons in Life and Health from a Frog and a Dung Beetle? Q&A With Vic Strecher PhD & Inspirational Author of the Graphic Novel “On Purpose”

Dec 4, 2013 by

Featured Book: On Purpose, Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia

Author and WWB Guru: Vic Strecher, PhD

Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH is a Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As a teacher and researcher, Vic has spent much of his time studying the science and psychology of healthy personal change for both individuals and large populations. In 1999, Vic founded Health Media, Inc., a groundbreaking health and wellness company that, for the first time, allowed large health plans and employers to cost effectively encourage and support healthy behavior change for the thousands of their members and employees. Health Media was eventually sold to Johnson & Johnson, Inc., the largest healthcare company in the world and, as Wellness & Prevention, Inc., continues to help tens of thousands of individuals live healthier, more fulfilled lives.


Lauroly Welcome- Welcome Vic! As a seeker of wisdom I am so excited about presenting your book and mission to World Wise Beauty readers. Your bio is impressive and we can devote a whole other blog to your life’s work and scientific research but today we are here to talk about your new book “On Purpose”.  My mantra at World Wise Beauty is to be “comfortable in your own skin”.  Personal growth begins with a loving relationship with “the self” and if we love ourselves in a healthy way, we ultimately have more to give to the world and our loved ones.  Using the American psychologist Abraham Maslow’s  words “we become fully realized”. 

There is no greater example of this than parenthood and as a father you have taken the journey of loving a child selflessly, losing your child painfully and having to come back to yourself. Your creative book “On Purpose” is a wonderful graphic novel of your personal journey and the profound realizations you came to as you navigated the experience of losing your daughter to a rare heart disease. It’s also an entertaining philosophy course which gets us to think about the meaning of life in a “worldly” fun way. The subtitle of the book tells us we are in for an interesting read “Lessons in Life and Health from The Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia”. Let’s start there with this creative title.  How did you come up with this and what you made you decide to do a graphic novel? Kudos to the wonderful artist Kody Chamberlain who illustrated your book and website.


Vic Strecher PhD



Victor Strecher PhD: First, thank you so much for having me on your wonderful site! You’re doing a very cool and important thing here! It’s funny, I wasn’t a comic book reader when I was young. But I’ve always been a visual learner. My lectures at the University of Michigan are VERY visually focused. I really have trouble with the typical bullets points on slides – in my opinion, they’ve taken presentations to a new low. So for this book I thought that a visually-driven story might be an interesting way to propel a rather deep subject matter.





Lauroly Q- Your daughter who you lost at the tender age of nineteen lived joyfully and exuberantly despite having a life threatening heart condition beginning in her childhood. She must have been an amazing inspiration to you. What did you learn from Julia that you didn’t find in your scientific research? I have to believe you were a wonderful father and inspiration to her too. Tell us more about lovely Julia…

Victor Strecher PhD: She was indeed lovely… but also funny, quirky, brave, and passionate. Without the trouble she went through and the tentative nature of her existence, I truly would not have lived the life I have. Lucretius, the ancient Roman poet, wrote: “You’re almost dead in life, although you walk and breathe. You fritter away most of your time asleep.” Julia didn’t fritter away most of her time asleep. When she was feeling well, she lived her life to the fullest. She took cooking lessons in northern Thailand, hung out with monkeys on an island off Malaysia, played with koala bears in Australia, and ran around the city of London with her boyfriend. As a nursing student at the University of Michigan, and just before she died, Julia was working with the designer Donna Karan on her Urban Zen project, an amazing initiative to create a more healing environment for nurses. She was even talking with Donna about designing a hipper version of nursing scrubs.

She lived only 19 years but I think she put more into those years than most 80-year-old lives. Julia woke me from my sleep and made me realize that every one of us has a tentative hold on life and that we should live life to the fullest while we’re here on this earth. I fully understand that this is the theme of many vapid greeting cards and posters. But when the message really hits home, it changes the direction of your life.

Lauroly Q- Julia truly was an inspiration and she did live her “gift of life” fully with love and purpose. This must bring great solace to you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of her with us. Let’s drill into the central themes of your book “On Purpose”.  While it is about living life to our fullest potential and finding purpose in our lives, it is also about DEATH. Can you tell us why you think we all should think about our own death more rather than avoiding it as most of us do in Western society? 

Victor Strecher PhD: The writer Jorge Luis Borges wrote a short story entitled The Immortal, where a Roman soldier discovered a city where people lived forever. The people in this city, however, didn’t do anything! A person may fall off a bridge and no one would come to his aid. Eventually, perhaps two hundred years later, someone might get to him. Death, as Steve Jobs pointed out in his Stanford University commencement address, “is life’s change agent.” The philosopher Todd May, as well as some recent scientific research, has pointed out that the consideration of our mortality can actually make us value our lives that much more. As I point out in my book, if you have $5, each dollar is more valuable than each dollar if you have $10,000.

The consideration of death prompts you to realize that you don’t have 10,000 years to live. Our western culture has imbued us with a deep fear of death and dying: to the point that we don’t even want to think about death. We also now have lots of scientists talking about how we may be able to soon extend our lives by hundreds of years. That’s cool if you don’t spend those years watching what the Kardashians are doing with their lives. I just wish more scientists would think about how we can construct better lives with the years we currently have.

Lauroly Q- After delving into the meaning of life myself,  I come across two sometimes conflicting ideologies alot. The old saying “you can never truly love another until you learn to love yourself” is often used in the “personal growth” schools of thought but many religions will encourage you to be selfless, look outward and love others to find happiness and fulfillment. I personally have found that life is a fluid dance of both these things and some of us can get “lost” in either direction. It is important to go “within” but just as important not to get stuck there! Your personal purpose in life is to show us how important it is to find purpose for our health and well-being as well as for a better society. Can you share more on why “having a purpose” is so important to health of a person and a society? I know these are big questions for my humble blog but just give us a tickler of what we can learn from your book. I have included a video from your creative website right here so our readers can learn more about you and your mission. It’s a must view!



Victor Strecher PhD: I must say that I’m really enjoying your questions. It’s hardly a “humble blog” you’ve created – it’s a “big thinkers blog!” For thousands of years people have considered ways to live a meaningful, purposeful life. Aristotle called it a “eudaimonic” life – living in the spirit of your “daimon” or true self. Now there is a growing science supporting this philosophy. People with a strong purpose in life have been found to be half as likely to develop Alzheimers Disease, less likely to get a heart attack or stroke, have better sex, and even have better repair of their chromosomes. This is a very new area for scientific research and the specific reasons why this is so are not clear. It is, however, likely that self-transcending purpose in life was positively selected for through evolution.

Every society needs people who behave in ways that transcend themselves: altruistic, cooperative, supportive. These are virtues that scientists are finding to be physiologically beneficial! Most of us are not born bad. We’re born with these transcending behaviors. It’s now up to our society to nurture these transcending behaviors and purposes – not beat or bore them out of us.

Both the deeply religious Soren Kierkegaard and the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre believed that having an authentic life purpose would help us as individuals and as a society. My fear is that our world is becoming an increasingly nihilistic – lacking meaning and direction. We’re doing better but feeling worse. It’s my intention to put a dent in this problem as best I am able. One thing I know something about is interactive media – creating websites and apps that help people change their lives. I’m hoping that the book On Purpose, but also the dungbeetle.org website and related apps will help people and help our society. Ultimately, I hope that these efforts become the kernel for a larger movement.

Lauroly Closing: What a wonderful movement! Sign me up Vic! My purpose and mission is to encourage women to be comfortable in their own skin and to celebrate and embrace wellness culture. There is no greater feeling than to be fully self-actualized and comfortable in your own skin but I think the journey of becoming whole is a wonderful state of constant renewal as we grow, age and become wise. Your personal journey illustrates renewal, healing and restoration beautifully. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to feature you. I would love if you would visit WWB again and share your wisdom with us. You are an official and honorary WWB Wise Guru. I know there are so many who will want to join you in your mission and give your book to loved ones who may be needing inspiration and direction. 

Visit www.dungbeetle.org to learn more about Vic’s book “On Purpose” , digital app projects and to follow his blog. 

Truly Herself,


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